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    Choosing Bricks

    Looking at recladding the house but have zero knowledge of what to go for. Anyone know of any advantages/disadvantages of any textures/styles? The place is currently wearing old 70 series (I think) crocodile red bricks with some different bits on the corners. Not too keen on the look of the flat red stuff as it looks too much like a utility building.

    What's everyone's thoughts?

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    Have you thought about cladding it with late 90s Nokia phones? I hear that they were a really high quality brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MassiveAttack View Post
    Have you thought about cladding it with late 90s Nokia phones? I hear that they were a really high quality brick.
    I do have one from the late 80's.

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    Hmmm. Just did a bit of a search and it looks like my old Nokia P30 is a bit rare and very collectable with them going for $400 up. Might look at a cheaper option.
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    GM the home we built last year was in a brick very similar to the large Siver Birch in the link you posted. We like it a lot.
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    Ask @Dundee he has a handle on bricks that multitask

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    GM the home we built last year was in a brick very similar to the large Siver Birch in the link you posted. We like it a lot.
    I'm strongly in favour of a non red brick Rushy, be too easy to lose some of the gingas that wander about.
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    So unless I am mistaken, you are planning on removing a perfectly good (waterproof, structurally sound) brick veneer cladding, and replacing it with the same ( looks different) brick veneer cladding? Have you looked at over coat plaster options? Plenty out there to smarten/modernise brick veneer. Even a heavy textured blow on paint system could drastically change the look of the house without the (in my view) extreme option of ripping off brick and replacing with different brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanse View Post
    So unless I am mistaken, you are planning on removing a perfectly good (waterproof, structurally sound) brick veneer cladding, and replacing it with the same ( looks different) brick veneer cladding? Have you looked at over coat plaster options? Plenty out there to smarten/modernise brick veneer. Even a heavy textured blow on paint system could drastically change the look of the house without the (in my view) extreme option of ripping off brick and replacing with different brick.
    benefit to re-cladding is insulation installation also if it wasn't previously insulated. Also we live in Christchurch so "perfectly good brick cladding" probably isnt exactly accurate. In saying that, i wouldnt re-clad unless I had too
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanse View Post
    So unless I am mistaken, you are planning on removing a perfectly good (waterproof, structurally sound) brick veneer cladding, and replacing it with the same ( looks different) brick veneer cladding? Have you looked at over coat plaster options? Plenty out there to smarten/modernise brick veneer. Even a heavy textured blow on paint system could drastically change the look of the house without the (in my view) extreme option of ripping off brick and replacing with different brick.
    Due to a bit of the shakey stuff a good (not sure that's the right term) dose of the current bricks are broken or falling off the walls, many of those that aren't are hanging in the air tied to the framing but not sitting on the foundations. Note the timber framing, joists, bearers are not sitting on the broken and slumped foundations either. Insulation will also be going in at the same time.
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    Gotcha, get away from bricks then, lots of more seismic resistant solutions out there. Different plaster based and more traditional board systems will handle the wiggles better than brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanse View Post
    Gotcha, get away from bricks then, lots of more seismic resistant solutions out there. Different plaster based and more traditional board systems will handle the wiggles better than brick.
    changing to a different cladding system can be problematic depending on window flashings, current cavity, foundation junction etc, re-bricking a brick house would be much more cost effective. no maintenance on a brick either.

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    Hopefully insurance is coming to the party @gadgetman ? It sure seems like a long time though
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    changing to a different cladding system can be problematic depending on window flashings, current cavity, foundation junction etc, re-bricking a brick house would be much more cost effective. no maintenance on a brick either.
    Low maintenance unless it falls off Are you a bricky PerazziSC3? All the things you mention are really minor in my view, plaster systems have their own flashings, and replacing brick isn't uncommon so there will be a standard solution for the windows. Any weird cavity/rebate being too big can be easily sorted with a little sloped plaster detail. Hell, you could even clad it in profiled metal with no dramas. I like brick, don't get me wrong, but it is expensive initially, and if there is a risk it will fall off, why not look at other cost effective options.
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